23 swine raisers receive ASF indemnification fund from DA

ILOCOS SUR, Jan. 11 (PIA) – A total of 23 swine raisers  from Ilocos Sur and La Union, whose backyard piggeries were affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF), received their indemnification cash assistance  from the Department of Agriculture during the recent visit of Secretary William Dar in said provinces.
Fifteen ASF-affected raisers of Bario-an village in Tagudin town received from the DA a total of Php335,000.00 indemnification fund while eight swine raisers from La Union received a total of Php765,000.00.
Ms. Maurentina Pamintuan, one of the affected raisers received the highest average share of the indemnification amounting to Php90, 000.00 with her 18 heads of swine culled during the culling operation conducted by the DA-Regulatory Division on the early part of December last year.
As per the DA’s record on reported ASF-related cases in Ilocos Region, there were 36,530 total culled animals due to ASF in the three provinces affecting 5,279 raisers.
From among the three provinces, Pangasinan got the biggest share of the indemnity fund which amounts to Php98.805 million affecting 2,672 raisers from the 36 towns affected with ASF.
In La Union, a total of 9,160 animals culled during the DA’s culling operations valued at Php45.8 million affecting 1,379 raisers from the 13 towns and one city of the province.
The indemnification program is the DA’s response to all the ASF affected swine raisers which provides Php5,000.00 for every animal culled.
To date, DA has released a total of Php109.275 million cash assistance to 3,099 ASF affected farmers for the indemnification of 21,828 culled swine in the Ilocos Region.
Meanwhile, only the province of Ilocos Norte remains to be an ASF-free province in the region with no reported incidence of ASF as of date. (JCR/AMB, PIA Ilocos Sur with reports from DA-RFO I, RAFIS)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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